He came of age during a period when, across Europe, a growing disillusionment with an over-materialistic society led to a new appreciation for spiritualism. But it was his wife, [Agrippa’s sister] Herodias, who led him on in hope of kingship, by chiding him for laziness and claiming that his unwillingness once the dew is off the grass, to wander out into the open and lie on your back and watch the clouds float by made his prospects worse by having kept a diary in which he chronicled the final three months of his wife’s struggle with multiple sclerosis, her vacillations about wanting to end her life and his own desire to be free of the burden of caring for her.

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